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Charity track day raises £20,000 for families of ill children

Tuesday, November 29 2011

A special charity track day at Snetterton on Saturday (26 November) raised over £20,000 for the Ronald McDonald Houses Charities (RHMC), which provides free accommodation in or close to hospitals and hospices for families of seriously ill children.

Around 2,000 car enthusiasts visited the Norfolk circuit and had the chance to experience the track with passenger rides in one of 170 vehicles which took part.

Kevin Foley, who runs two McDonalds franchises in Norwich, and Devin Grosse, general manager of the Holiday Inn Norwich-North, organised the event with assistance from other businesses and racing enthusiasts.

"Historically if you wanted to get involved with the charity you did a dinner or a golf day. I'm a bit of a petrol-head and I'm not much of a golfer so it was a case of trying to find something that combines a love of cars with raising money" said Foley.

"We were hoping to clear £6,000 to £7,000, but to raise that amount of money on the first event has given us a boost to make sure we make it happen next year and make it bigger and better" he added.

"My aim is to try and get one (a home) built here (Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital). The issue is funding and finding a site near to the hospital but if I can help raise the image of the RHMC in Norwich and raise some of the funds then we will be that much closer."

Car trackdays at Snetterton are available throughout the year with Club MSV. For more information call 0843 453 3000 or click here.